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  1. 3 points
    You're all Automaters, and so I don't need to tell you that you can do your part in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. You get it. As people with smart homes and smart lives, we have learned how to manage our lives through our voice, through our sensors, and through our ideas, and as we continue to show others how to do so, we can actually help the world become a happier, healthier, and easier place to live in. This is especially true during any flu season, but even more so right now as we all continue our efforts around social distancing. It's easy to take a message like this and laugh it off, but don't kid yourselves. Your Smart Home helps. Your ideas for automated living help. So stand up, get out your (heavily sanitized) phone, and share a little video or a picture of you automating something. Show a moment where you don't have to touch a device, and let your friends and family see how it might benefit them. You can also do this on your own Facebook feed, or your own Twitter Profile. So go forth Automaters and let's show the world how a smart home helps in this situation, as in many others.
  2. 2 points
    Hi @Caregiver, I'll let the Google experts weigh in on solutions for their products, but I can offer some advice on the Amazon products. I have found Echo Show devices to be great for elderly parents by providing as easy way to do video calls. You can start a call where they have to accept it or "drop in" if you are worried about them. They can also call you. https://technology4seniors.com/independence The simplest way to set this up is to add their Echo Show to your account, but this gives them control over your devices. This will work even though they are on a different network. The more difficult way to set this up is using their own Amazon account as this requires a smartphone with a different number then yours. This can be accomplished using a free Google voice number https://www.amazonforum.com/s/question/0D54P00006zSpI5SAK/you-dont-need-to-get-grandma-a-smartphone-to-setup-alexa-calling Frank
  3. 2 points
    I am currently under house quarantine for covid19. They will not test me as I don't have the breathing problems, just the fever, dry cough and sore throat. No one at work is even allowed in with a fever. As someone with a smart home I can say without a doubt the best things have been motion sensors for lights and the big Echo buttons for routines. My throat/voice have been in no condition to speak to Alexa.
  4. 2 points
    I am caring for an elderly parent with mild dementia, and I would love to use smart tech to do video calling during this pandemic. But I really do not know where to start or what tech to get. I have a Google mini, and I have a smartphone. My parent, however, is using a computer that is more than 10 years old. There is wifi in the house. My parent has used Skype. My parent has a an Alcatel flip phone, but the data is turned off. My thoughts: a. start simple by getting a chromebook (touchscreens are intimidating to my parent; keyboards are familiar) and starting a FB account. Could then use FB messenger to video call. Problem: I can't just "drop in." And I can't set reminders to take meds. b. Google Nest Max. Problems/Questions: how do I set it up in my parent's home? Can I set it up using my smartphone and remote operate it from my home? Do I also need a Nest Max to video call? c. Some say Alexa is easier for the elderly to use. Question: True? Looking for advice.
  5. 2 points
    Yeah absolutely @MNA1966like you I have motion sensors in the majority of my rooms to trigger lighting, even where this is not the case I have the ability to use voice control, there's only really 1 set of lights that isn't currently served by smart lighting & it's not an essential part of the house
  6. 1 point
    So I've been thinking, what ways do you guys think smart home tech can help during the current COVID-19 pandemic? I was thinking that smart displays could be particularly useful for the video call functionality for those in self isolation. The drop in & broadcast features on the Echo Dot/Nest Mini's could be useful for communication for those not wishing to handle their mobile/call phone for infection control reasons.
  7. 1 point
    Good work Larry, I reviewed several of your posts here and appreciate your work. Please reach out to me if you publish any new webCORE content and keep up the good work!
  8. 1 point
    I have been REALLY enjoying my touchless faucet https://community.automatelife.net/topic/661-looking-for-an-auto-faucet-that-monitors-usage/?tab=comments#comment-3346 One feature that is is great for those with mild cognitive decline is that it turns itself off after one minute
  9. 1 point
    Hi @David With the loss of your voice, if you run out of Echo Buttons and have an Echo Show, you might want to look into "Tap to Alexa" under Settings- Accessibility. https://youtu.be/vuhuJpnl4Ag
  10. 1 point
    Changes to routines: You can now copy/paste existing actions from one routine to another. You can also change the trigger to existing routines.
  11. 1 point
    Thanks again Frank, I will take a look at the ST post and see if I can use it. Hi Larry, I want to be able to see the device history in a spreadsheet where I can analyze it, and make configuration adjustments or changes. Is webCORE capable of doing this? Jim
  12. 1 point
    Hi Jim, I just found this over at the SmartThings forum. It may be be of use https://community.smartthings.com/t/smartthings-data-visualisation-using-influxdb-and-grafana/44946 Frank
  13. 1 point
    Hi Frank, Thank you for sharing this information. I am looking at the IFTTT applet configuration and it appears that one has to specify a specific trigger. I am looking to record event activity for all devices. The ST app has a history feature which is the exact information I would like to get into a Google sheet. I can seem to figure out how to do that in the IFTTT app. Jim
  14. 1 point
    Hi @jmack87 Here is what I use: Create an IFTTT applet to trigger from the SmartThings device and have that applet write to Google Sheets, a cloud based spreadsheet Once the data is there, you can use the Google scripting language to create reports Frank
  15. 1 point
    Alarms can now be set for any echo from any other echo.
  16. 1 point
    Motion sensors, contact sensors. I have motion sensors or motion zones in just about every room I, almost never turn on/off light switches. Motion sensors can be used in a number of ways to keep you from transferring the virus.
  17. 1 point
    I really like this topic! I was thinking about gesture control on the smart displays and phone control being really important to lessen the chance of passing through touch!



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